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    Motor-driven cycles and mopeds, the distant do-good cousins of motorcycles, are one and the same in the steely eyes of Vermont's Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

    Scooters are considered the same as motorcycles.

    Mopeds Defined

    To register your bike as a moped/motor-driven cycle, it must meet adhere to the following:

    • Cannot exceed over 30 MPH on a level surface.
    • Engine must operate without a need for clutching or shifting.
    • Cannot possess an engine larger than 50 cubic centimeters.
    • Restricted to 2 or 3 wheels.

    How to Register

    To register, complete a Motor Vehicle Registration, Tax, and Title application (Form TA-VD-119). Take this, along with a bill of sale and proper identification, to any DMV office that handles registrations.

    Operating Regulations

    Mopeds are not immune to the rules of the road. You must possess a valid Vermont driver's license (a motorcycle endorsement is not required, but a motorcycle learner permit is, at times) in order to operate, and adhere to the same traffic regulations as all other vehicles.

    Unlike motorcycles, wearing a helmet is not required. You may still want to refer to our special reports Helmets: A Matter of Choice? and How To Buy the Right Helmet.

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